Make Someone’s Day Brighter This Season!!

Donations to our Aurora Borealis Festival of Lights help Central New Yorkers who are Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing. 

Recently, a scene played out at our office, as it often does.  A daughter brought her 80-something-year-old mother in to meet with our Outreach Director David DeFrancis.  Both were concerned over Mom’s recent loss of independence and interest in things she once enjoyed because of  advancing vision loss  as a result of  age-related macular degeneration.  Over the course of an hour or so, their concern turned to confidence as they learned of all the devices and assistance that is available.

Here’s a letter we received after the appointment:

Dear Dave,
      I just want to thank you for all your help! You have such a gift for working with people—especially the elderly!
      My mother left your office happy and hopeful! She couldn’t wait to call her friend to tell her about all of the items she received! She wore the sunglasses right after we left and absolutely loved them! At home, she has used both the glasses and the magnifier with the light. We also have her light set up right next to her chair to brighten here reading material. She has also used the clock on her keychain and she put the check writing guide right with her checkbook to use next week when she goes to Wegmans! She will be putting all of her addresses and phone numbers in the address box and I will help her transfer important dates from her small calendar to the large one that you gave her.
      Honestly, I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to meet with you. Your efforts have made a big difference for my formerly discouraged mother (who feared she was going to lose her vision completely!!)
      Thank you again! We appreciate everything you did for my mother!
PS. I will now reintroduce her to Solitaire with her new cards!!


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